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Linux services, runlevels, and rc.d scripts

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This is an introduction to Linux's system for managing the initialization of services, daemons, and the like.
A Linux service is an application (or set of applications) that runs in the background waiting to be used, or carrying out essential tasks. I've already mentioned a couple of typical ones (Apache and MySQL). You will generally be unaware of services until you need them.

How can you tell what services are running, and more importantly, how can you set up your own?
 read more | mail this link | score:6838 | -Ray, January 12, 2006
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